Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Bol Bol trade voided: Pistons-Nuggets deal falls through after failed physical, per report

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Bol Bol is going back to the Denver Nuggets. The trade that would have sent the 7-foot-2 big man to the Detroit Pistons has been voided, according to Mike Singer of the Denver Post, after Bol failed his physical. Rodney McGruder will return to the Pistons, as will the Brooklyn Nets‘ 2022-second round pick. 

It is unclear what the Pistons discovered in the physical. Bol, 22, has not missed any time because of injuries since the Nuggets selected him with the No. 44 pick in the 2019 draft. 

Bol will be a restricted free agent this summer. He has appeared in only 53 games over the course of his three seasons in Denver, including 14 (for a total of 81 minutes) this season. It seemed that he might get more of an opportunity to play on a rebuilding Detroit team, but now that will have to wait. He remains a trade candidate leading up to the Feb. 10 deadline, provided that he is healthy enough for another team to acquire him. 

McGruder, 30, is a good bet to be traded elsewhere, too. He is on a $1.9 million expiring contract, and the Nuggets are not the only playoff team in need of depth at the 2 spot. Unless these two teams can negotiate a different deal, though, Denver might have to look for other reinforcements. 

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